Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues)
Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor
Hildegard of Bingen’s music has echoed over the centuries and millennia since she put them down on paper. Universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages, Hildegard was the very definition of Medieval Mystic. Her Ordo Virtutum (Play of Virtues) features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.
The incomparable voices of Seraphic Fire resound in carols, ancient and modern, in this new Christmas program. Seraphic Fire explores the songs of the angels, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, English carols and the traditional singing of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree. For over a decade, Seraphic Fire’s Christmas concerts have been a South Florida tradition.
The billowing sounds of the Russian choral tradition come to life under the baton of acclaimed Russian conductor Elena Sharkova. In her return to Seraphic Fire, Sharkova conducts a program of exceeding beauty, anchored by basso profundo (deep bass) lines that are so characteristic of Russian choral music.
A celebration of music of some of this world’s greatest minds, Seraphic Fire’s Enlightenment Festival focuses in on the music that Handel, Haydn, and Bach wrote for public performance with an emphasis on Classicism and dramatic works.
The chill of ice and radiance of the northern lights are palpable in this concert of choral music from Scandinavia conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, founder of the professional choir Cappella SF and guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. With fresh harmonies, pulsing rhythm and fantastical choral effects, the Scandinavian choral tradition is an exciting discovery.
Franz Biebl wrote his iconic “Ave Maria” for an all-male Bavarian Firemen’s Chorus in the summer of 1959. From those humble beginnings, the piece made its way through the glee clubs of U.S. universities before being performed and recorded by the pre-eminent all-male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. Seraphic Fire now performs the Biebl and explores the tradition of music for men’s choirs that inspired this singular work.